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OSHA 300 Log Posting DatesOpen in a New Window

IAMU members should note that the annual deadline for posting the OSHA 300A injury summary is February 1, 2017. All incidents of work-related injuries and illnesses must also be logged within seven days (Form 300) and detailed injury and illness reports for each entry (Form 301) must also be completed.If there are more than 10 employees at any time during that calendar year, the employer may come under these requirements. When counting employees, you must include full-time, part-time, temporary [...]


What to Make of Big Verdicts in Employment Cases: Aberration or Harbinger of Things to Come?Open in a New Window

by Patrick D. Smith, Attorney with the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. Last month in Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City), two different juries issued eye-popping plaintiff verdicts in employment discrimination cases.  In one case, a jury awarded Deborah Miller $450,000 in compensatory damages and a whopping $20 million in punitive damages.  Miller sued American Family Insurance for age and sex discrimination and retaliation after she lost her mana [...]


APPA Wants to Recognize Excellence in Electric Utility Operations and LeadershipOpen in a New Window

The American Public Power Association’s annual individual and utility awards deadline is January 31. The awards recognize excellence in electric utility operations and leadership with the most sought-after awards and honors in the national public power community.Don’t miss your chance to earn recognition for your utility’s major accomplishments over this past year. Winning an award raises your credibility with local press, policymakers, elected officials, and custom [...]


New Associate Member Spotlight - Gross-Wen Technologies Inc.Open in a New Window

Please welcome one of our newest Associate members - Gross-Wen Technologies Inc. GWT uses its patent pending wastewater treatment technology to cost effectively address the new ammonia permits that are being enforced at municipalities using lagoon based water treatment.  Our system uses algae to recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. Compared to other ammonia treatment options our system is a fraction of the cost and produces algae biomass which can be so [...]


Trenching & Shoring Competent Person Workshop - February 22ndOpen in a New Window

OSHA requires a competent person be on-site at every excavation.  The competent person is required to evaluate site safety and resolve existing and potential hazards.This workshop is designed for city and utility employees and outside contractors employed by a city, or anyone working in a trenching and shoring situation.  It is an excellent opportunity to become qualified as a competent person (or stay current with the responsibilities).The DNR has approved 0.6 CEUs for WD and WW only [...]


CAP Off Costs and Stress with IAMU's NEW Gas Services Compliance Assistance Program Packaged DealsOpen in a New Window

Gas utilities: Want to be as prepared as you can be for your next Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) Audit? Or, do you need help developing a plan to correct citations listed in your post-audit IUB Notice Letter? How about your DIMP Audit or your Public Awareness Program Audit? Could you use some assistance to comply with those rules and regulations, too? Turn to the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ (IAMU) team of gas-service experts. IAMU offers four compliance assistance prog [...]


IAMU Connection Correction: Yes, Rod Parcel Still Works for IAMUOpen in a New Window

In the recent Winter edition of the IAMU Connection magazine, Gas Services Coordinator Rod Parcel’s name was left off the IAMU Staff listing on page 3. We apologize for this omission. Thanks to those of you who caught it and brought it to our attention. [...]


IAMU Offering Notice-to-Bidders Posting Service For Free to MembersOpen in a New Window

As of July 1, 2016, governmental entities (including utilities) must now post Notice to Bidders in three specific ways:In a relevant contractor plan room service with statewide circulation.In a relevant construction lead-generating service with statewide circulation.On an internet site sponsored by either a governmental entity or a statewide association that represents the governmental entity. IAMU is a statewide association that represents governmental entities. To help our members fulfill the [...]


Associate and Affiliate Members - Renew Now and Save!Open in a New Window

Thank you to all of our 2016 Associate and Affiliate Members. We truly enjoyed working with you over the past 12 months. Just a reminder: The March 1 renewal date for Associate and Affiliate Membership is fast approaching.IAMU will be offering a special incentive to members who use our online registration system to renew their memberships early.The annual membership rate will increase starting February 1, so renew now and lock in last year's rates.Visit and log into yo [...]


Plan to Attend the Business & Finance ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Join representatives of municipal utilities from Iowa for two days of networking and learning. The Annual Business and Finance Conference, including the Business Meeting, will take place February 7 – 8, 2017 at the Holiday Inn & Suites West Des Moines – Jordan Creek. This year’s conference kicks off with a motivational presentation by Chad Pregracke, President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world’s only “industrial strengt [...]
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